Sunday, July 24, 2011

Little Man's Best Friend Quilt x 2

Seeing double?  I finished up 2 little boy quilts recently.  Same fabrics, same backing, same size.  Could you spot what the differences are?


I couldn't decide on two areas on the simple little baby boy quilt I was working I made two (well I'm making 3 but two are complete :)).  Difference #1 - how to quilt it?  Since the design was simple squares: should I use simple straight line quilting or something a little more complex to add more texture and detail?

Simple and straight on the left. Textured and more detailed on the right.

Personally I like the look of the simple straight lines on the left. It leaves the fabrics unobstructed and gives the quilt a nice clean look. On the other hand I absolutely love the feel and texture of the quilting on the right. Though the one on the left has quite enough texture for a quilt, I really enjoy the (more) texture on the right :).

Difference #2 - binding. Again I couldn't decide. I have a little bit of the Summertime Gray - dots from Barbara Jones for Henry Glass and Co left so I wanted to use it for this quilt - plus I think it's a great match with the swirls on the quilt.

I love gray fabrics :)

For the straight line quilting blanket I went with Heath Metal from Alexander Henry. I like how the straight lines went with the straight line quilting.

Does Heath make everything look good???  I love how the Heath fabric matches perfectly with the patterns on the dotted print on the quilt.  It's amazing how much they look alike but from different designers/manufacturers.

I had a blast making these two quilts. I think for the third - and final one - I will mix it up a little - maybe straight line quilting with dot binding?


Quilt Information:
Little Man's Best Friend 1
Front: 100% Cotton Prints and Solids.
    Showcase fabrics: 
           -Boys Will be Boys: Dog Big Small from Free Spirit
           -Organic Cotton Print Shipyard from Timeless Treasures
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton
Backing:  100% Cotton Natural Flannel
Completed Dimension: 30" x 36"
Quilting Method: Double Straight line quilting along each seam
Binding: Machine Stitch for extra durability (Heath Metal from Alexander Henry)

Little Man's Best Friend 2
Front: 100% Cotton Prints and Solids.
    Showcase fabrics: 
           -Boys Will be Boys: Dog Big Small from Free Spirit
           -Organic Cotton Print Shipyard from Timeless Treasures
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton
Backing:  100% Cotton Natural Flannel
Completed Dimension: 30" x 36"
Quilting Method: Free-Style Meandering Swirls
Binding: Machine Stitch for extra durability (Gray - dots from Barbara Jones
for Henry Glass and Co

Where to Buy?
Little Man's Best Friend #1
Little Man's Best Friend #2
Fabrics Used for this quilt

Thank you for reading and I am sharing these lovely quilts and these wonderful Linking Parties :).


Lana Hardy said...

SO CUTE!! Love the quilt and love the colors!! I love the Dot binding. Both of them are darling! Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Such cute quilts! I usually like simple straight lines for my quilting, but I like both styles for these quilts. Super cute fabrics.

Connie said...

Cute quilts! My favorite is the one with swirls, I love lots of quilting, isn't it funny how we all like different types of quilting? Have fun with the 3rd one!

Janelle said...

Adorable!! My favorite is definitely the one with more texture. It looks so snuggly. Both are so cute!


Big D and Me said...

Your quilt is beautiful - I wish I had some sewing talent. Signing up for a class next week so hope to add some skills.

Christine @ said...

These are beautiful! I love them both, I love the quilt binding that you chose.

Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

The gray dot binding is perfect with this fabric combo!

About Mrs. G said...

that looks so comfy!
visiting from tip junky!

susan said...

Saw your link on quiltstory and thought 'That looks familiar'. Silly me, I follow your blog. Of course it was familiar. Sweet quilts.

Jennifer said...

Both quilts are so cute and snuggly!

Kristin said...

Love both of the quilts! I'm in the process of making my first quilt - wish me luck!

Just Jaime said...

Cute! Love the colors!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

very cute quilts!
I tend to like the crinkly feel of fmq quilts as well... but I agree that straight-line quilting does make more of a feature of the gorgeous fabrics.
Kat xx

The Polka Dot Apron said...

What fun quilts! I love anything for boys- since I have two of them myself! I love your fabric choices, I will have to get some now :D

Andrea said...

your quilts are fantastic!!!

And Thanks for visiting my blog!!

have a great day!

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

What a darling quilt!! I love it!

~ Sarah

Ady said...

Gorgeous boy quilts - I love your fabric choices. My fav is the textured one.

Fay said...

Gorgeous quilts! Love the fabric you've used.

Ruth said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the doggies and love the spotty binding!

HI THERE! said...

Those are just gorgeous and I love the fabric choices. My sister-in-law quilts and I have put it on my list of things to learn! Great job!
Jenn :)
P.S. If you get a chance, I would love you to link this up at my first link party!

Jill said...

I'm in awe of all quilting. I definitely don't have the patience & precision to do it.

Naturally Carol said...

The fabric with the dogs and boys is one of my favourites for little boys..I have a length of it and am going to make a big floor cushion for a little friend!

Anonymous said...

Both quilts are gorgeous but I really love the look of the more textured one :)


TheAccidentalCrafter said...

Love the textured quilt but love the heath binding on the straight line quilt. As always, nice work.

Anonymous said...

I love the straight line quilting! I want to try something like that for a quilt I have been thinking of making! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy @ said...

I'm so happy I found your blog through Kara's linky party today. :) I love it!
I'd like to invite you to share your creations sometime at my weekly linking party as well. I am really trying to grow my party to include lots of creative projects just like this one. Thanks for the consideration and here is the direct link if you'd like to check it out :). ~ Tracy
T.G.I.F. Linky Party

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Looks great! I'm visiting from Organize and Decorate Everything! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at

Hope to see you at my place soon!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

Erica said...


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Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! I wish I knew how to make a quilt because this would be perfect for my new little nephew! I would love it if you could come link up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday so that my readers can check it out as well!

Newlyweds on a Budget

Cille said...

Very, very cute. I am totally crazy with the dotted fabric. Must get some of that.

Jessie said...

They really are so cute. I love them both, and love how you matched up the quilting to the binding--they look perfect!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhh how GORGEOUS!!!

Sommer said...

This is just precious! I would love love love to learn to quilt and make some for my girls! Would love to have you link to my party this weekend too!

Dayna said...

These are simply adorable!

pinksuedeshoe said...

They look great, I LOVE the little polka dot binding. I think it is perfect!

Leanne said...

You always make the most beautiful quilts. I especially love the polka dots and the binding. Thanks for link to the home decor and organizing link party,. I'm featuring this today.

Lulu Lane Designs said...

THese are so cute! I really like the textured one. I wish that I could do something like that. Maybe one day!! :)

Jamie said...

Love it. Very cute. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your quilt and any other projects you would like to share.

Katie said...

This looks like a simple enough quilt that I could make it! I love it--amazing work!

Thank you for linking up at Sew Woodsy last week. Hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

Judi said...

I think they both look just as sweet with the different background. The fabric you used is snuggly he will be in that quilt and he'll love looking at it.
Great job...thank you for sharing.


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